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Go on an Art Safari at the Torpedo Factory this Saturday!

 

Mark your calendar for a day of creative activities for kids and families! This Saturday, October 21, from 12pm to 4pm, join the Torpedo Factory Art Center for the 28th Annual Art Safari, an Alexandria tradition for more than a quarter-century.  Art Center artists will lead budding art enthusiasts through exciting and creative projects on all three floors of the Art Center.

Guests can look forward to all of these art adventures:

* Learn about Painting and the Potter’s Wheel through live demonstrations.

* Become a work-of-art by having your face painted or getting a special temporary tattoo.

* Build larger-than-life creations through paper mache with Lisa Schumaier.

* Create dynamic collages using bits of fabric and fiber with Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery artists.

* Play and experiment with a piece of wet clay to mold and shape into any form they can imagine led by artist Tracie Griffith Tso.

* Take part in a scavenger hunt — use art by Tara Barr as a guide to find iconic imagery around the Art Center and stop by the Art League to complete their own gallery-specific scavenger hunt and learn more about their current exhibition.

* Slip into the past with Alexandria’s Archaeology Museum and experiment with 19th century ceramic slip designs like marbling and dendritic patterns, and apply temporary tattoos in the style of transfer printed porcelain ceramics.

* Take a break by listening to live storytelling and music all while enjoying an overlooking view of the waterfront.

* Collaborate with artists on coloring pages specially designed by the Art Center artists.

The event is great for kids ages 5 and older.  Younger children will have fun, too, but may need some extra help.  Kids can get messy creating with artists at Torpedo Factory Art Center, so dress for mess!
This FREE event is open to the public.

Art Safari
Where: Torpedo Factory Art Center | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, October 21, 12-4pm
Admission: FREE!

This post is paid for by Torpedo Factory Art Center, however, I only promote programs, services, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Get Creative at the National Gallery of Art’s First Saturday of September!

 

With a long weekend ahead, there’s even more time to enjoy some fun with the family.  And one great way to spend some of that time is at the National Gallery of Art ‘s monthly First Saturday! The special day-long affair offers multiple free programs for kids of all ages.

On Saturday, September 2, the fun begins with a story time session for little ones.  Hear a reading of the children’s book Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle in English and Spanish and stay for a little play time, too.

Then starting at 11am, all ages can enjoy even more: Create sculptures using Model Magic clay, try out the new Sketching Lab, and visit the museum’s pop-up library, where you can browse special selections from the Library collection and enjoy quiet activities for kids.

These free activities are offered throughout the East Building and don’t require registration. View more details and the full schedule of the day’s activities here.

Of course, plan for time to tour the exhibits, too!

First Saturday
Where: National Gallery of Art, East Building | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, September 2, 10am – 3pm
Admission: FREE!

 

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This post is sponsored by the National Gallery of Art, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Immerse in Life of a Neuron at ARTECHOUSE

 

ARTECHOUSE has explored a variety themes and concepts through digital art since it opened in Southwest DC just over four years ago.  The gallery known for its fusion of art and technology has presented exhibitions inspired by seasons, space, natural phenomenon, color, and more themes that are part of our human experience, though outside of our actual beings.

The newest exhibition, Life of a Neuron, takes us on the inside as it features the “thinking cells” of the brain.

As ARETCHOUSE describes it: “Life of a Neuron brings artists and scientists together for a groundbreaking collaboration to explore how the brain shapes the shared human experience. Through collaboration with the Society for Neuroscience and the world’s leading scientists and creatives, this immersive exhibit will allow us to experience a neuron—from pre-birth to death—providing an experiential view of life at a cellular level.”

Like all exhibitions there, the core installation is the digital projections in the main gallery.  Trippy, captivating scenes swirl around the walls and floors while dramatic music plays in the background.  It’s interesting to see what kinds of images and color combinations are coming next.  (Note: While some past exhibits at ARTEHOUSE have been soothing and peaceful, this one isn’t so much, something to be aware of for kids who are sensitive to a lot of stimulation.)

The side galleries feature smaller installations with interactive elements.  They looked intriguing, though to be honest, it was difficult to get a close look at all of them during the media preview, as we were trying to maintain space. (Timed-entry tickets during the exhibit’s run should keep that from being an issue.)

The bar is back open — Thursday – Monday, 11am – 10pm — with its menu of exhibit-inspired cocktails, plus beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks. Sasha and I enjoyed refreshing sodas, and I recommend the Rosemary Cardamom! Be sure to download the ARTECHOUSE the app for the “extended reality” experience that transforms drinks into sparkling sensations!

 

Life of a Neuron
Where: ARTECHOUSE | 1238 Maryland Ave. SW
When: September 27 – November 28
Admission: $24/adult, $17/age 4-15, free/under 4

 

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Join the Alma Thomas Community Celebration at the National Gallery of Art this Weekend!

 

The National Gallery of Art reopened its doors last spring, and it’s been wonderful to return to one of our favorite museums again.  Even better, it’s open daily, making it a go-to any day of the week.  But this coming weekend, September 24-26, will be an especially great time to visit, as the museum hosts a Community Celebration honoring late pioneering artist Alma Thomas!

The in-person, on-site event will feature a variety of activities and experiences that explore Thomas’s life and her wide range of creative endeavors, all of them self-guided for Covid safety.  Plus, there are extra goodies and discounts to enjoy while you’re there!  The weekend offerings and festivities include:

·    Free art kits with a coloring book of National Gallery works by local artists, coloring materials, and a cutout doll designed by Brittany Jackson, illustrator of the acclaimed children’s book Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment.

·     A special flower display inspired by Alma Thomas’s Pansies in Washington (1969)  

·     A display showcasing works by local community members, celebrating Alma Thomas’s art and legacy 

·     50% discount on Alma Thomas-inspired gelato at the Espresso & Gelato Bar  

·     15% discount on shops purchases with the code ALMA15 (onsite and online) 

·     A pop-up performance from Howard University Bands at 4pm on Sunday 

 

Thomas’ painting, Tiptoe Through the Tulips, inspired by sights, sounds, & smells of DC

 

The event is part of a larger citywide celebration featuring a symposium with virtual sessions September 22-23. Geared toward adults, it will bring together noted scholars, artists, and curators to discuss Alma Thomas’s life and legacy, including an introduction by Michelle Obama.

The National Gallery of Art’s Community Celebration will take place in the East Building from 1-5pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Admission is free.

Alma Thomas Community Celebration
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Friday – Sunday, September 24-26, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

 

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Explore Art Indoors & Out at the Kreeger Museum

 

Why it took me so long to visit the Kreeger Museum, I really don’t know.  I had heard about how great it was from my own daughter after she went there on a school field trip a few years ago, so it’s been on my radar. I just hadn’t actually been.

But I finally did get there and understand why Sasha enjoyed it so much! (My kids are at sleep away camp, so this was a solo visit.)  Located in DC’s Foxhall-Palisades neighborhood, the Kreeger Museum is perfect for an art fix that’s gratifying  without being overwhelming.

It’s not huge, but the collection, most of it from the 19th and 20th centuries, housed in several small indoor galleries and around its five acres outside is very impressive.  Inside, there are works by Monet, Picasso, Miro, Calder, and many more celebrated artists. And the sculpture garden outdoors includes beautiful, interesting, even fun pieces.

Currently on exhibit, “Objects from the Studio: The Sculptor’s Process,” includes models of the sculptures outside, some that you can see right beyond the window.  Another gallery features portraits of David and Karmen Kreeger along with info about their lives and philanthropic contributions to the art world.

The museum itself, both the interior space and outdoor architecture, are artfully designed, too. There are high arching ceilings, galleries built around a small courtyard, and expansive windows that bring in beautiful light and offer views of the art outside.

You have up to 50 minutes, which is plenty of time, to tour indoors before exploring the outdoor collection.  That part starts on the terrace, where there are several large sculptures.  Then you can wander the grounds containing all kinds of large-scale installations.  On one side is a fountain/pool with seating and sculptures around it, a small patch of woods has art and a trail that loops around, a grassy expanse includes more large pieces, and there’s even a piece “climbing” on the side of building (my favorite), another snaking up a tree, and one that plays solar powered music.

 

Both adults and kids will be delighted — by all of it, indoors and out.

The Kreeger Museum is located at 2401 Foxhall Road.  It’s open Tuesday – Saturday with timed-entry sessions: 10-10:50am, 11-11:50am, 2-2:50pm, and 3-3:50pm (the 50 minutes is for indoor self tours, then you can spend time outside).   Admission is free, and there’s a suggested donation of $10/adult, $8/senior. Tickets need to be reserved in advance, and there’s plenty of availability right now.

KFDC Tip: Plan on lunch or an ice cream treat at Jetties before or after — it’s located right down Foxhall Road and they have delicious sandwiches, salads, and scoops!

 

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